Méizhōu Thousand Buddha Pagoda

Temple in Meizhou

Cast in AD 965, there are indeed 1000 buddha statues (250 on each side) of varying sizes on the iron pagoda that sits on a 36m-high tower. The complex itself surprises with each turn as it takes you through an ascending journey of white, columned temples, statues built into a faux cliff, long, open corridors, bridges and finally the towering pagoda and (hazy) views across Méizhōu. The complex emphasises gold and colour, reminiscent of Thai temples. A taxi here costs about ¥35.